The RSM & BAPAM Present: Health Promotion and Health Education: What Works

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The Royal Society of Musicians in Partnership with BAPAM Present: Health Promotion and Health Education: What Works

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Royal Society of Musicians and BAPAM

The Royal Society of Musicians and BAPAM are working together to present a series of health education workshops for musicians. This exciting series of workshops brings together bring specialist practitioners who are experts in the field of performing arts medicine and offers an opportunity for musicians to understand more about the range of health problems they might experience, how to prevent them and how to get help if it is needed.

How do we know if health education is making an impact on musicians' health? What do we need to put in place to make more of an impact? This session will focus on how we can start to change health promotion in the performing arts, looking at what barriers there are stopping musicians from being healthy including environmental and social factors and drawing on recent research findings on the topic.

Professor Jane Ginsborg

Jane studied music at the University of York and singing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London before having established a successful career as a freelance concert singer specializing in 20th century and contemporary music and taking a bachelor’s degree in psychology with the Open University and a PhD at Keele University. She won the British Voice Association’s Van Lawrence Award in 2002 for her research on singers’ memorizing strategies and was shortlisted for a Times Higher Education award in 2013 for research on musicians with hearing impairments. She is Professor of Music Psychology and Associate Director of Research at the Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester, UK) where she has worked since 2005. Former President of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (2012-2015), she is currently Editor-in-Chief of Musicae Scientiae. She has co-authored a textbook, Performing Music Research: Methods in Music Education, Psychology, and Performance Science (Oxford University Press, 2021), and many articles and book chapters on expert individual and collaborative practice, rehearsal and performance, particularly involving singing; musicians’ health, wellbeing, literacy and resilience; practice-led research; and virtuosity.

Raluca Matei

Raluca Matei is a Postdoctoral Researcher and Programme Director for the Professional Doctorate in Occupational Health, Psychology, and Management, at Birkbeck, University of London. Her research focuses on musicians’ health and wellbeing. Additionally, she is interested in the training of critical thinking as part of the conservatoire curriculum, as well as in questioning current assumptions in classical music. Having been trained as a professional classical violinist, Raluca also studied at the Menuhin Academy (Switzerland), with Maxim Vengerov and Liviu Prunaru. The research project she will be presenting as part of this webinar has received funding from the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership, the Royal Musical Association, the Institute of Musical Research, and the British Psychological Society. Furthermore, it was awarded the Birkbeck 2020 Public Engagement Award for Early Career Research.

Michael Durrant

Michael Durrant works within the Centre for Performance Science (CPS) at the Royal College of Music. His research focuses on health promotion in the performing arts, and he is the coordinator of the Healthy Conservatoires Network.

The Royal Society of Musicians

RSM provides vital support to those whose lives have been affected by accident, illness, stress and anxiety. We work with UK-based musicians and their families throughout their careers and into retirement, giving help towards short-term needs as well providing support on a more long-term basis when required. RSM can help towards funding physical and emotional therapies, referrals to specialised practitioners and associated treatments, and potentially the provision of home adaptations or living expenses.

For more information, please visit or to contact us at / 020 7629 6137.


Established 30 years ago, BAPAM is the largest provider of Performing Arts Medicine in the UK with coverage across the four nations and a growing Directory of over 200 approved clinicians, registered with BAPAM. We provide free clinical assessments for performers with health problems affecting their performing arts practice. In 2019, we provided occupational health support to over 2500 enquiries from performing artists, including 1200 clinical assessment appointments. Our support is focused on specialist clinical assessment to determine the correct diagnosis and best care pathway for a performer, providing clinical advice and referring onwards to experts in the field where necessary. In some cases we also able to provide ongoing mental health support. Regulated by the Care Quality Commission, we operate under robust clinical governance and quality assurance frameworks with leadership from our Board and Medical Committee. Performers generally access care via our Helpline, and our (non-clinical) Helpline operators advise on care options and arrange appointments according to approved protocols. We also run a health education programme with free sessions available online and bespoke sessions which can be booked for individual organisations. You can contacts us; and 0207 404 8444.

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